Religion: When Mammon Serves God

The Worldwide Church and financial accountability

Jesus said: You cannot serve both God and mammon. But these days it takes a heap of mammon to serve God. Religious establishments in the U.S. raise $20 billion or more a year. Most of the money is efficiently passed on to an assortment of spiritual and charitable works, with respectably small administrative costs.

However church money is handled, fiscal accountability is far looser than for other nonprofit organizations, which are required by law to keep records open to the public and follow standard bookkeeping practices. Churches have...

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